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Apparently this is the Longrow CV in new packaging. I had no expectations, I even might have taken it with an elitist attitude. Thinking that this might not work because it's not from Islay. I'm glad that Longrow Peated proved me that I was being an idiot.
Longrow Peated was a good combination of light notes and light smoke that turns into a powerful and lasting smoke. Especially the nose was intriguing. Master of Malt put it nicely: "like a Harbourmaster's Jacket."
Longrow Peated had something "New Romantic" in it. Like I had went back in time and tasted a whisky from the past. It's hard to explain and it sounds crazy because a) I haven't tasted whisky in the past b) I can imagine whisky pretty much tastes same now as it tasted in the past.
Because of that feel and the tasting notes, this whisky was easy to assimilate to the TV series Ashes to Ashes.
Nose: Sweet, leathery and a bit salty smoke that turns into powerful trails of ashes.
Taste: Light and tough. Starts lightly with fruity notes like green grapes. Then suddenly gives you a good deal of smoke but not in a harsh way.
Finish: Salty smoke lingers very well and the lightness withdraws.
Balance: Well balanced whisky that doesn't leave you cold but isn't too smoky either. I can honestly recommend this for everyone, even for hardcore smoke diggers.